Definition of Rare

1. Adjective. Not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness. "Rare books"

Similar to: Uncommon

2. Adjective. Recurring only at long intervals. "Total eclipses are rare events"
Similar to: Infrequent
Derivative terms: Rareness

3. Adjective. Not widely distributed. "Rare patches of green in the desert"
Similar to: Scarce
Derivative terms: Rareness, Rarity

4. Adjective. Having low density. "Lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
Exact synonyms: Rarefied, Rarified
Similar to: Thin
Derivative terms: Rarity

5. Adjective. Marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind. "She was kind to an uncommon degree"
Exact synonyms: Uncommon
Similar to: Extraordinary
Derivative terms: Rarity, Uncommonness

6. Adjective. (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside. "Rare roast beef"
Similar to: Raw

Definition of Rare

1. a. Early.

2. a. Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.

3. a. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.

Definition of Rare

1. Adjective. Very uncommon; scarce. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense). ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of a gas) thin; of low density ¹

4. Verb. (US intransitive) To rear, rise up, start backwards. ¹

5. Verb. (US transitive) To rear, bring up, raise. ¹

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Definition of Rare

1. occurring infrequently [adj RARER, RAREST] / to be enthusiastic [v RARED, RARING, RARES]

Medical Definition of Rare

1. 1. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event. 2. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found. "Rare work, all filled with terror and delight." (Cowley) "Above the rest I judge one beauty rare." (Dryden) 3. Thinly scattered; dispersed. "Those rare and solitary, three in flocks." (Milton) 4. Characterised by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations. "Water is nineteen times lighter, and by consequence nineteen times rarer, than gold." (Sir I. Newton) Synonym: Scarce, infrequent, unusual, uncommon, singular, extraordinary, incomparable. Rare, Scarce. We call a thing rare when but few examples, specimens, or instances of it are ever to be met with; as, a rare plant. We speak of a thing as scarce, which, though usually abundant, is for the time being to be had only in diminished quantities; as, a bad harvest makes corn scarce. "A perfect union of wit and judgment is one of the rarest things in the world." (Burke) "When any particular piece of money grew very scarce, it was often recoined by a succeeding emperor." (Addison) Origin: F, fr. L. Rarus thin, rare. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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